In the past year, it was shown that in the 193 nm photolysis of C2H, the C2 radical is produced in a variety of electronic, vibrational, and rotational states. The relative population of the vibrational and rotational states of C2(A 1 Pi u), C2(B 1 Sigma g +), and C2(A 3 Pi u) were determined in a static gas cell and in a pulsed molecular beam. It seems as though the original angular momentum of the C2H molecule appears as part of the angular momentum of the C2 radical. A attempt is being made to discover the mathematical relationship that governs this mapping. New information about the bond dissociation energy of the C2 radical was produces. C2(b 3 Sigma g -) and C2( 1 Delta g) were detected in the photolysis of C2H via time resolved infrared emission spectroscopy. In the former case, vibrational excitation up to v'' = 4 is observed. All of the results suggest that the C2 models in comets need to consider the presence of vibrationally excited C2 radicals in comets. The laser induced fluorescence spectra of the C3 was observed as a product of the 193 nm photolysis of allene and propyne. The populations of the rotational levels are identical in both cases. This result has led us to conclude that an isomerization reaction occurs in the photolysis of propyne which leads to the same C3H2 intermediate that is formed in the photolysis of C3H4. Since the former molecule is one of the most abundant in the interstellar medium it is also likely that its precursor is also present in comets. This would explain why C3 is observed in comets.